MSW Curriculum

The MSW@Denver social work curriculum is designed to prepare the next generation of social workers with the knowledge and skills to combat injustice and oppression. Grounded in its focus on equity and inclusion, the curriculum will train you to see individuals and systems through the lens of power, privilege and oppression—and empower you to advocate for social justice.

As a student in the program, you will take courses in both macro- and micro-level social work, preparing you to work at the systems level to fight social injustice as well as work one-on-one with vulnerable populations. You will be encouraged to follow your passions, challenge your peers and ask yourself tough questions. As you develop a holistic understanding of social work principles and gain practical experience in the field, you will be prepared to create social change in your community—wherever you call home.

Two Social Work Programs Grounded in Social Justice

MSW@Denver offers two online program options:

Online MSW

For students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work

Learn more about the Online MSW curriculum.

Online Advanced-Standing MSW

For students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from any point in time.

Learn more about the Online Advanced-Standing MSW curriculum.

View the admission requirements for both program tracks.

Social Work Curriculum Components

The master of social work curriculum includes foundation and concentration coursework.

Foundation Courses

Develop an understanding of the history, values and ethics of the social work profession while you explore topics such as human development and behavior, the impact of oppression on individuals and groups, interventions with client systems, and how to apply research to programs and practice.

Online MSW students complete the full foundation curriculum, while Online Advanced-Standing MSW students complete three required foundation courses before moving on to their concentration.

MSW Concentrations

Choose from two social work concentrations: Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness.

Field Internships

Field internships are the highlight of the social work curriculum, providing you with the opportunity to practice your new skills in a variety of settings and specialties. You will apply classroom theory to real-world settings under the supervision of master’s-level social workers. Through their feedback and mentorship, you will gain valuable experience and hone your personal practice. The MSW@Denver curriculum combined with your field education will ensure that you are exposed to the many issues and challenges that you may encounter in your career as a social worker.

Learn more about field education.

Request information to learn more about MSW@Denver or contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-219-5995.

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